April 16, 2012
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) today reminded parents that this Wednesday and Thursday – April 18 and 19 – are CPS report card pick-up days and encouraged all parents across the District to visit with their children’s teachers and pick up their report cards. During their visits, parents also can vote in Local School Council (LSC) elections taking place at each school on the same days. Elementary schools will hold report card pick-up on Wednesday, April 18 and high schools will do so on Thursday, April 19. Report card pick-up time for both days is 12:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
During their visits, parents go to their children’s classrooms, receive report cards, talk with teachers about how their students are doing, and learn whether or not their students are on track for their grade level. They also can discuss whether any academic interventions are necessary.
“Coming to school for report card pick-up is one of the best ways for parents to show their children that they care about their education,” said CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard. “Students reap positive benefits when teachers and parents come together to share important information about their progress and needs.”
Report card pick-up hours and dates are for CPS schools only. Charter schools and charter networks determine their own report card pick-up dates and times.
CPS also reminded parents and members of school communities that LSC elections will be underway at schools on Wednesday and Thursday, as well and encouraged parents to use the time spent at school to vote for Local School Council members. The 2012 elections will take place from 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. at all elementary schools on April 18 and at all high schools on April 19. Parents must be able to verify that they are the parent or legal guardian of a student enrolled at the school. All community voters, 18 years of age or older and residing within the attendance area or established voting district for the school must provide two forms of identification. At least one form of identification must include a current residential address within the school’s attendance boundary or voting district boundary. For the full 2012 LSC Election Guide, click here.
New this year, CPS has created an app called, “Who is Running for my Local School Council?” that makes it easy for parents to get involved in their school’s LSC election. The app lists the names of candidates running for each LSC and encourages parents to contact their local school to request candidate statements. Candidate names also are easily available to the public in a data table. Find more information on the LSC elections, including resources and guidelines, here.
More than 6,500 candidates are running for open seats on LSCs in the 2012 election. Newly elected LSC representatives will serve a two-year term beginning July 1, 2012 and ending June 30, 2014. LSC representatives serve as an important link between a school’s administration, community, Central Office and students, and play a significant role in decision making at the local school level.
Student Report Cards
Report cards offer parents detailed information about their child’s performance in school that they can use to gauge student’s academic performance. The grading scale is as follows:
A - Substantially exceeding the standard
B - Exceeding the standard
C - Meeting the standard
D - Less than acceptable performance on the standard
F - Does not meet the standard
/ - Indicates an area not to be graded at this time (This is not available on high school report cards)
Report cards are available in a number of languages to help parents fully understand their child’s performance and do not have to be returned to the school. New report cards are available at the end of each marking period.
Chicago Public Schools serves 405,000 students in 675 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.